Question about bees

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How do scientists know that all the worker and soldier bees in a colony are female? It doesn't make sense that scientists would just kill all the bees in a colony and then dissect them to determine their gender.

Aditya Godavarti

Most likely, scientists can determine the gender of the bees visually.

Males usually have much larger eyes than females and are slightly larger than the female workers, as can be seen here in this image (queen is on the left, worker is in the middle, male on the right):

Scientists observing a beehive most likely noted that all the bees that were foraging or defending the hive had the characteristics of female, and from that they might have concluded that all the worker bees in a colony are female.

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